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AEM Driver Fredric Aasbo Wins Formula Drift at the Orlando Speedway

Toyota Corolla iM on track at Orlando

In just its second event, the iM is starting to show it's a platform to reckon with

In the second round and event for the Rockstar Energy Drink/AEM Toyota Corolla iM, Fredric Aasbo takes home the victory in the new platform. It was a dominating run up to the finals for him but our AEM drivers were also out in force in the heat and humidity of Florida. With the win, Aasbo looks good for another run at the championship in 2017.

Aasbo at Orlando Podium

AEM-sponsored Frederic Aasbo take the win at Orlando Speedway

For Aasbo, his weekend started off with a second-place qualifying run and one of the coveted top four spots in the order as those drivers would get a bye-run to the Top 16. Kristaps Bluss would be the next highest qualifying driver in the twelfth seed. He would end up in the Top 16 and finish there for the round. 2016 Formula Drift Champion and AEM Driver, Chris Forsberg, qualified in the fourteenth seed in the V8 370Z since the VQ was still not ready yet. He would end up finishing the round in the Top 16 as well. Rad Dan Burkett would earn a sixteenth seed but would end up finishing in the Top 32 in Orlando.

aasbo and field

Aasbo was able to take it to the finals but Matt Field would be eliminated due to de-beading

Matt Field would qualify in the eighteenth seed and would mean that he and Aasbo would meet in the Top 16. Matt would finish his weekend here after his tire de-beaded on his run against eventual winner, Aasbo. While you would think having a bye-run would be an easy path to victory, it really wasn’t as his challenges would increase with each round until the finals. This car has only seen competition twice and that has been the first two rounds. However, he and Papadakis Racing pulled through and helped get themselves and AEM their first victory for the 2017 season. “Starting a season with a new car always feels like a gamble because there's a learning curve for the driver and the team. But we proved to everyone today that our Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM is a force to be reckoned with in this series,” said Aasbo. “All credit is due to our team and our partners. This is an amazing feeling.”

What’s next for Aasbo since taking the win and the lead in the Formula Drift Points Standings? It’s not Disney World but the plant where the Corolla is manufactured for the US. In the meantime, the rest of the AEM Drivers will be preparing for the third round of the Formula Drift Championship. That will take place at the legendary and fan favorite, Road Atlanta on May 12th to the 13th and we’ll see you there.

Aasbo versus Gittin in the Final Four

Frederic Aasbo on his way to the finals in Orlando


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AEM Announces Formula Drift Pro2 Contingency Program

AEM is helping drivers in the FD Pro2 class with a contingency program

AEM is helping drivers in the FD Pro2 class with a contingency program

When it comes to competing in the Formula DRIFT series, you need all the help you can get in regards to your budget. Fortunately, AEM Induction has introduced a fantastic way to help drivers find more power, offer a contingency bonus for those running the AEM Dryflow air filter, and save where they need it. The 2017 season will be the inaugural year for both the AEM PRO 2 Contingency Program and AEM Race Parts Discount program.

In racing and drifting, drivers tend to be a loyal bunch to the brands they know work. AEM Inductions would like to reward those loyal racers by putting cash in their pockets by way of both monetary payouts and discounts on parts purchased from us. To be eligible, a PRO2 driver must meet the following criteria:

  1. Run an AEM Dryflow Air Filter on their competition vehicle,
  2. Run an AEM decal on locations laid out in the program, and
  3. Finish in the Top 16 of a PRO 2 Round.
  4. Formula Drift Pro2 drivers are grassroots drivers with little budget, so AEM wants to help them

    Formula Drift Pro2 drivers are grassroots drivers with little budget, so AEM wants to help them

The total contingency payout for each round is $1000, with payouts occurring at each round of Formula DRIFT PRO 2 competition. The highest finishing AEM contingency driver in the Top 16 will earn $500, second highest driver will earn $300, and the third highest will earn $200. Drivers will also be able to purchase from the Race Parts Discount program and won’t just include parts for their competition vehicle but also their tow vehicle as well.

“AEM Induction views the Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Series as vital in the long-term growth and sustainability of drifting at its highest level,” says Chris Matye, Team & Series Support Manager, AEM Induction. “Many of the talented young drivers competing in PRO 2 are true grassroots racers running on strict budgets and with minimal crew. The establishment of our PRO 2 Contingency Program is directly aimed at rewarding these loyal AEM Induction customers with cash prizes. PRO 2 is developing the Formula DRIFT stars of tomorrow, and AEM is happy to lend our support to this talented field of young drivers.”

To be a part of the AEM contingency program, the drivers have to meet specific requirements

To be a part of the AEM contingency program, the drivers have to meet specific requirements


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2017 Streets of Long Beach Formula Drift Opener with AEM

AEM-sponsored Fredric Aasbo brings out the new Corolla iM at Streets of Long Beach

AEM-sponsored Fredric Aasbo brings out the new Corolla iM at Streets of Long Beach

The first round of the Formula Drift Championship is always a fun one. You have the city of Long Beach, waves, and the only street circuit drifting in the series just before the historic Grand Prix of Long Beach. AEM looked to gain a great start to the season with Fredric Aasbo, Kirstaps Bluss, Matt Field, 2017 rookie Dan Burkett, and 2016 Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg, among others, taking it to the streets. Would we see a breakout start?

When it comes to difficult circuits, a street circuit with almost no runoff is one that is a challenge for road racing. Now take that and ramp the idea up because you’re sliding sideways and purposely scraping the wall and your competitor's car and you’ll see why the Streets of Long Beach is a popular event for Formula Drift fans and drivers alike. It’s an event that can give you the biggest victory of your career or the worst start to your Formula Drift season. Unfortunately, FD Rookie and AEM Driver Dan Burkett was hit with the latter. While bringing an impressive eleventh place qualifying position, he would crash during Top 32 practice. His team got the RAD Industries Supra back together and into the show, but Dan eventually lost to fellow AEM Driver Matt Field, who would go on to finish in the Top 16.

Matt Field with the new Falken tires livery on his Nissan 240SX

Matt Field with the new Falken tires livery on his Nissan 240SX

2016 Formula Drift Champion, Chris Forsberg, qualified in seventh place and didn’t have the greatest start himself. Prior to qualifying, the champ had to replace his twin-turbo VQ V6 for a familiar VK V8 powered 370Z. While it was disappointing to not witness the new VQ do its magic, the familiarity of the VK showed as he was still able to capitalize on a Top 10 qualification. He would go on to the Great 8 where he would be eliminated against the eventual winner.

Fedric Aasbo, the 2015 Formula Drift Champion, brought out the brand-new Toyota Corolla iM to show that weird chassis still work in FD. While a twenty-ninth place qualifying wouldn’t properly show the performance of his chassis, the performance to the Great 8 would. He would face off against fellow AEM Driver, Kristaps Bluss in the Top 16 (who had also qualified higher than Aasbo), Bluss would fall to the FD champ before Aasbo’s Great 8 exit.

Kristaps Bluss under the famous Long Beach bridge before turn 10 at the 2017 Streets of Long Beach

Kristaps Bluss under the famous Long Beach bridge before turn 10 at the 2017 Streets of Long Beach

While a win or a top four finish would have been a sweet ending, it wouldn’t be the end for two of our AEM drivers as they would also compete in the non-points Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge during the Long Beach Grand Prix. Remember how drifting a street circuit was hard on its own? Well now add the challenge of a night event to that mix. Instead of qualifying, it would be a random draw for the Top 16 positions. Matt Field would grab the ninth position while Dan Burkett would get tenth. Dan would end up walking with a Top 16 finish, however the night would be owned once again by Matt Field as he took his second Super Drift win in a row. “We went back to back!” said Matt Field, winner of the Motegi Super Drift Challenge. “This event was strong and it feels good to get back into a car that’s in working manner after struggling last weekend, but we’re back.” For night two, Matt would end up in the Top 16 position after taking hard damage during the finals. However, Dan Burkett showed he would be the rookie sensation for 2017 by taking a Top 8 finish in his first ever Super Drift at one of the hardest circuits in the series.

The next event for the Formula Drift Schedule and our AEM drivers is Orlando Speed World Oval in Orlando, Florida. It will also be the first event for the 2017 Formula Drift Pro2 Championship where we’ll see our Pro2 drivers. Check back for more news from AEM and the 2017 Formula Drift Season.


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AEM Cold Air Intake Adds Estimated 17 HP to 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 2.0 Turbo

The Cold Air Intake Kit also accommodates the engine’s factory emissions control devices

The cold air intake kit is comprised of the aluminum intake tube, heat shield, and Dryflow filter

For the 2013 model year, Chevrolet introduced the revised GM LTG engine into the Chevrolet Malibu. The engine is the 3rd Generation of EcoTec motors and the same engine was also utilized in the Cadillac ATS. The four cylinder, all-aluminum engine displaces 2.0 liters with a square bore - stroke configuration of 86 mm to 86 mm. The LTG engine uses a twin-scroll turbocharger to minimize turbo lag, air-to-air intercooler, direct fuel injection along with continuously variable valve timing, a stainless steel exhaust manifold capable of withstanding the 1800°F turbine temperature, forged connecting rods with a drop-forged steel crank, and a rotacast aluminum alloy cylinder head with sodium-filled exhaust valves.

In 2013, the LTG 2.0L engine was launched producing 259 horsepower. However, in 2016, Chevrolet reduced the power rating to 250 horsepower. So owners of 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Malibu sedans with the 2.0L turbocharged engine are at a 9 horsepower disadvantage to prior model years.

In evaluating the air intake GM installed at the factory, it was clear to AEM engineers there was room for improvement. AEM then developed 21-803C cold air intake system for the LTG engine as installed in the Malibu. The new system generated an estimated 17 horsepower – at the rear wheels. This more than compensates for the 9 horsepower loss for 2016 and 2017 models.

The heat shield and filter are designed to be located in the original air box space

The heat shield isolates the filter from underhood heat, allowing only cold air to flow to the motor

What AEM engineers created was a cold air intake system that relocates the filter to an area of the engine compartment where it’s best able to draw cool outside air. Cooler air carries additional oxygen into the combustion chamber which creates incremental horsepower and torque. And with a turbocharger packing air in even tighter, it makes that much more power.

But that's only part of the power equation. Tuning the inlet pipe in length and diameter helps move more air to the turbocharger. During development, fuel trim monitor correction factors and all OBD II sensors are tested to eliminate leaning out the engine or activating a check engine light.

The AEM 21-803C cold air intake is a relatively inexpensive DIY modification that takes only a couple of hours to install with common hand tools. It comes with the necessary clamps and hardware for an OEM-type appearance. Plus OEM mounting brackets and hardware are utilized for seamless installation with no drilling required.

The filter can be used for up to 100,000 miles before cleaning is needed (depending on conditions)

The 21-2113DK AEM Dryflow air filter is engineered for increased airflow and comes ready to use

The filter itself is a tapered conical 21-2113DK AEM Dryflow non-woven synthetic washable unit which provides outstanding air flow, filtration, and performance. The air intake tube is constructed from mandrel-bent aluminum tubing finished in a durable gunmetal gray powdercoat. Further, this air intake system was designed so that the Malibu engine’s factory emissions control devices including the mass air flow sensor and engine vent lines fit right on.

The AEM air filter is good for 100,000 miles before requiring service (depending upon your driving conditions) so if you drive in dusty conditions, your filter may require more frequent maintenance. Cleaning consists of an application of 1-1000 AEM Synthetic Air Filter Cleaner which will loosen and dissolve grime and dirt build up, after which the filter can simply be rinsed with water and reinstalled once dry. No messy oiling required!

The AEM 21-803C cold air intake is designed and engineered for the following vehicles:

2017 CHEVROLET MALIBU 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 CHEVROLET MALIBU 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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An AEM Cold Air Intake System Can Turn the Audi A3 2.0T into a True Sports Sedan

An AEM 21-802C Cold Air Intake boosts horsepower on the 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T

An AEM 21-802C cold air intake boosts horsepower on the 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T

Years ago, Audi was a quirky German automaker that built odd-looking cars nobody seemed to want. They finally figured out how to make attractive cars by the 1990s and have since evolved into a direct competitor for stalwarts like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The Audi A3 has played a key role in their success, as it offers compact luxury car buyers a sophisticated alternative to cars like the Mercedes CLA and BMW 2-Series. To keep it competitive, the Audi A3 2.0T was redesigned for 2015, and now featured crisper lines with bespoke LED lighting, a beautiful new cabin, and a host of cutting edge options. Powering this little Autobahn-stormer is a responsive 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that belts out 220-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That's enough muscle to strike fear into many 3-Series drivers, as the little Audi catapults itself to 60 mph in well under 6-seconds. But if you really want to crank up the power on your 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T or 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro, the AEM 21-802C cold air intake system can add an estimated 14-hp and 10 lb-ft of torque. And it might even save you some money too.

To wring V6 power from the tiny Audi 2.0L TSFI 4-cylinder, a turbo basically crams lots of air into the tiny cylinders, which creates a highly concentrated explosion that releases more energy to turn the crankshaft and propel you down the road. This pressurized air charge is generated by a sophisticated turbocharger that uses the engine's exhaust to spin a turbine blade, which then powers a compressor. As air comes in through the air box, the compressor blades pressurize the air before shooting it into an intercooler to reduce the temperature, thereby increasing the oxygen content to create a more powerful explosion. This system works extremely well, but there are a few flaws in the stock intake system that can actually reduce the amount of power the engine can make.

The AEM DryFlow air filter provides added power & superior engine protection

The AEM DryFlow air filter provides added power and superior engine protection

The first problem that you encounter under the hood of the 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T is the air box. It's designed to pull air into the system and clean it with the OE Audi air filter. Unfortunately, the hole in the air box where the air enters is rather small, which limits the volume of air right off the bat. And that Audi air filter is made from thick paper, so it constricts airflow even further. It also stores all of the dirt it removes between the folds on the surface of the filter itself. This is called 'surface loading', and it will absolutely strangle the airflow as that dirt builds up. The air that does make it through, will then have to bounce its way to the compressor through a plastic intake tube that is full of uneven surfaces and narrow bends. This causes the air to heat up and become turbulent. Obviously, that reduces the oxygen content and overall effectiveness of the intercooler. To address these issues, the AEM 21-802C cold air intake system replaces the stock air box and filter with an oversized DryFlow air filter, surrounded by a powdercoated heat shield that seals against the underside of the hood to prevent warm engine air from entering the system. This allows significantly more air to reach the turbo, and that big AEM air filter is designed to remove up to 99% of contaminants from the air.

Aside from providing superior filtration and airflow, the synthetic DryFlow air filter stores the dirt that it removes, deep inside its web of three dimensional polyester fibers. This is called 'depth loading', and it allows airflow to continue to flow through the filter even as the dirt builds. In fact, it won't have to be cleaned for up to 100,000 miles (depending on road conditions). And it's backed by the AEM Lifetime Limited Warranty, so you won't have to buy any more of those expensive Audi air filters.

Closeup of an AEM 21-802C Cold Air Intake installed on a 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T

Closeup of an AEM 21-802C cold air intake installed on a 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T

Once all the dirt's been removed, the air enters a wide diameter aluminum intake tube for a quick trip to the turbo. Unlike the stock tube, this one has wide-angle bends to reduce air turbulence. The powdercoated aluminum also lowers the air temperature by absorbing heat as the air flows through it. This allows the intercooler to cool the air even further, resulting in a higher oxygen content, and more horsepower.

Aside from providing additional horsepower and superior engine protection, the AEM 21-802C cold air intake system will sharpen the throttle response because all of that power will come in at lower RPMs. So if you're ready to boost the performance of your 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T or 2015-2016 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro, check out the AEM 21-802C cold air intake system.

The AEM 21-802C was engineered to fit the folloiwng vehicles:

2016 AUDI A3 QUATTRO 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 AUDI A3 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 AUDI A3 QUATTRO 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 AUDI A3 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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AEM Cold Air Intake Offers Estimated Boost of 7-Horsepower on 2017 Yaris IA and 2016 Scion IA

The AEM 21-804C air intake offers an estimated boost of 7-horsepower.

The AEM 21-804C air intake is engineered for the 2016 Scion IA and 2017 Toyota Yaris IA.

Introduced in 1999, the Toyota Yaris is a subcompact car that comes in four styles –- a 3-door or 5-door hatchback, a 2-door coupe, and a 4-door sedan. The hatchback is derived from the Toyota Vitz and the coupe and hatchback originally was the Toyota Platz.

Scion was a marque of Toyota starting in 2003, but was discontinued in August 2016. The brand offered primarily sports compact vehicles to younger consumers. Introduced in November 2012, the Scion IA is Scion’s first 4-door sedan and is the first and only model not built in Japan. The Scion IA sold 7,605 units in the United States in 2015. After the Scion marque was discontinued, the model was re-branded as the Toyota Yaris IA for the 2017 model year.

A 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 106-horsepower (79 kW) powers the Yaris IA and buyers have a choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Those of you who own a 2016 Scion IA or a 2017 Toyota Yaris IA with the 1.5L engine will be interested in learning that AEM is offering the 21-804C cold air intake that offers an estimated boost of 7-horsepower at 4400 rpm for 2016 Scion IA and 2017 Toyota Yaris IA.

The cold air intake includes the washable and reusable AEM 21-2011DK DryFlow Air Filter, which includes a DRYFLOW® non-woven synthetic media that can be used for up to 100,000 miles before it requires servicing.

The AEM 1-1000 air filter cleaner is specially formulated to cleanse and recharge the DRYFLOW air filter so that it can be used over and over again for the life of the car.

The AEM 21-804C cold air intake system also includes a mandrel-bent aluminum air intake tube that features a gunmetal gray powdercoated finish and that is engineered to integrate with the factory emission control devices including the mass airflow sensor and PCV line.

The system is designed to replace the factory restrictive air filter and air intake housing and the air filter goes into the factory air box. There is also a heat shield to protect the filter from hot air coming from the engine.

The intake installs using common hand tools and it is backed by an AEM Lifetime Limited Warranty.

The AEM 21-804C cold air intake system is engineered to fit the following vehicles:

2017 TOYOTA YARIS IA 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 SCION IA 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models

The AEM 21-804C air intake is designed to replace the factory air filter and intake housing.

The AEM 21-804C air intake includes a Dryflow air filter and powder-coated aluminum air intake tube.


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Increase HP and Torque of your Lexus IS200t with this Simple AEM Air Intake System

AEM Dryflow Synthetic Replacement Filters are constructed of multiple layers of filter media

The AEM cold air intake kit is comprised of the aluminum intake tube, connectors, and Dryflow filter

When the IS 200t replaced the IS 250 in the 2015 model year, Lexus swapped out the 204 horsepower V6 of the IS 250 with a more sophisticated and powerful four-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops 241 horsepower. And with a simple, inexpensive and easy to install AEM 22-692C cold air intake, you can add 10 more horsepower at the rear wheels of your 2016 IS 200t.

The Toyota 8AR-FTS 2.0L inline four-cylinder DOHC engine features twin direct and port fuel injection, VVT-iW, and a twin-scroll turbocharger designed in-house by Toyota rather than by an outside supplier. Compressed intake air passes through a liquid-cooled intercooler that lowers intake air temperature before it enters the combustion chamber. On the exit side of the turbo, a variable wastegate valve improves efficiency. The engine is backed by an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission.

With the AEM 22-692C air intake system installed, intake air enters the system through the 28-20452 AEM air filter, which is installed in the original factory air box and replaces the OEM panel air filter.

AEM intakes are designed to reduce intake restriction as they smooth and straighten air flow

The gunmetal gray intake tube complements the appearance of the Lexus engine cover

The AEM Dryflow filter is a washable, non-woven synthetic air filter optimized for the best possible combination of air flow, filtration, and performance. In fact, a Dryflow filter captures potentially harmful contaminants before they reach your engine. AEM Dryflow filters use an innovative high performance engineered material, similar to that used to manufacture surgical masks, that allows for easy cleaning, durable service, and excellent filtration.

Intake air exits the filter and travels through a free-flowing aluminum intake tube that easily connects to your vehicle’s factory air box and engine throttle body to significantly increase air flow into your Lexus engine. With more air flowing through the custom gun metal gray intake tube, the engine develops 10 more horsepower and 8 ft-lbs of torque when measured at the rear wheels. Further, the AEM air intake system accommodates the 8AR-FTS engine’s factory engine breather hose.

Installation of the AEM 22-692C kit should take less than a Saturday morning

Everything needed to install your new AEM kit into your Lexus IS 200t is included in the box

With only eight parts, four of which are clamps, the AEM 22-692C cold air intake is a relatively straightforward DIY modification that takes less than a Saturday morning to install, even for someone with little mechanical experience. Tools required are limited to a screwdriver, pliers, and a ratchet with 8 mm and 10 mm sockets; tools just about everyone has in their garage. The AEM 22-692C utilizes only the factory mounting points, so no drilling is required.

Your AEM 28-20452 panel air filter is also washable and reusable. Cleaning consists of an application of AEM 1-1000 synthetic air filter cleaner, which will loosen and dissolve grime and dirt built up on the filter, after which the filter need only be rinsed with water, dried, and reinstalled.

The AEM 22-692C cold air intake kit is designed for the following vehicles:

2016 LEXUS IS200T 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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AEM's Lightweight Cold Air Intake System Adds an Estimated 8 HP To 2016 Mazda MX-5

The AEM kit for the '16 MX-5 was developed with the spirit of the lightweight sports car in mind

The AEM cold air intake kit is comprised of the aluminum intake tube, heat shield and Dryflow filter

The original Miata debuted in 1989 emphasizing lightweight and precise handling over brute horsepower. Mazda sold over 400,000 units of the first generation model and has continued to advance the design while retaining the original concept over the intervening years. And no version has better captured the spirit of the original Miata than the current, fourth generation MX-5, with an almost 50% increase in power yet close to the same weight as the original. It is in the spirit of this groundbreaking MX-5 that AEM has created a very special intake system, 21-786C, exclusively for the MX-5.

In an effort to remain authentic to the original design, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 is four inches shorter and several hundred pounds lighter than its immediate predecessor. The greatest advancement, though, sits under the hood - the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine. With an aluminum block and DOHC cylinder head with variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, the SKYACTIV-G (internal code name PE-VPS) produces 155 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. And despite the increase in power, the fourth generation MX-5 delivers improved fuel economy over its immediate predecessor.

Clearly Mazda pulled out all the stops to make the fourth-generation MX-5 a world beater, so it would take an extraordinary effort to improve upon excellence. And that was exactly AEM’s goal in developing the 21-786C performance cold air intake system that adds an estimated eight horsepower at the rear wheels.

The relocated coolant reservoir also helps clean-up underhood appearance

Behind the heat shield is the relocated coolant reservoir which provides extra space for the filter

For this special kit, AEM minimized compromises in some unusual ways. For example, the factory coolant tank was located in the way of the oversized conical air filter AEM engineers had in mind. Instead of rerouting the intake tubing or using a lower capacity filter, either of which would compromise airflow and, as a result, performance, AEM engineers ingeniously developed a relocated aluminum coolant reservoir that’s incorporated into the AEM aluminum heat shield. In addition, the replacement aluminum tank helps provide some additional heat dispersion for the cooling system.

Fresh air enters the system through the factory inlet and is directed to the oversized AEM Dryflow 21-2157DK air filter. The filter is protected from underhood temperatures by the lightweight aluminum heat shield. Exiting the filter, air travels through intake tubing constructed from mandrel-bent aluminum with a durable gunmetal gray powder coat finish. The all-aluminum construction was selected to remain consistent with the lightweight concept of the MX-5.

This air intake system was developed to accommodate the engine’s factory emissions control devices including the mass air flow sensor and PCV hose.

Development of the filter and intake pipe involved developing and testing the system’s interactions with the factory Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to assure it would operate properly and not generate a false “check engine” light. Fittings for both the MAF sensor and PCV hose are attached to the intake tubing.

Development didn’t begin and end on a computer screen. Extensive chassis dynamometer and on-road testing was conducted to confirm both performance and driveability. The end result of AEM's R&D work is a lightweight, functional, easy to install air intake system for the Fourth Generation MX-5 that makes consistent power through the rpm range. In fact, a stock 2016 in AEM’s dyno tests produced 137 horsepower at the rear wheels. With the AEM 21-786C kit installed, powered is increased across the board and with an estimated peak gain of eight horsepower at 4500 rpm. Similar results were observed for torque.

Located at the front of the MX-5 the AEM Cold Air Intake is open to fresh incoming air

The AEM cold air intake system features a smooth, direct pathway for intake air to the engine

Installation of the AEM 21-786C is straightforward and can be completed within an hour and a half with just a few common hand tools. Factory mounting points are utilized so no drilling is required.

Dryflow synthetic air filters require cleaning every 100,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. When used in dusty or off-road environments, the filters will require more frequent attention. It’s recommended that you visually inspect the filter once every 25,000 miles. Should you notice any partial blockage of the filter, it’s time to clean. To do so, remove the filter, spray it with the AEM Dryflow synthetic air filter cleaner, dry, and reinstall. It’s as simple as that.

The AEM 21-786C is designed and engineered to fit the following vehicles:

2016 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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Add Estimated 11 Horsepower From Your 2016 VW Passat 1.4L With an AEM Air Intake Kit

The air intake tube is constructed from mandrel-bent poweder-coated aluminum tubing

The over-sized air filter is protected by a heat shield designed to reduce intake air temperature

To the casual observer, the 1.4T badge on the back of a Volkswagen Passat might seem like some sort of industrial-level typographic error. But in fact Volkswagen has long been a leader in turbocharger technology, along with a number of cutting-edge technologies which is exhibited by the introduction of a new, smaller engine from Volkswagen. The EA211 four-cylinder, which features both turbocharging and direct-injection is was added to the Jetta lineup in 2016, giving drivers an additional option to consider from the Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T engine specs and performance.

The 1.4-liter TSI engine in the Jetta can produce up to 150 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,400 rpm. The turbocharging system offers great boost response thanks to the advanced design of the intake manifold, which allows for the use of just one small, single-scroll compressor. The engine can be paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The engine and cylinder head are both cast of aluminum and the cylinder head features four valves per cylinder.

Previously, the Jetta offered both a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine in the S trim and a 1.8L TSI engine in the SE trim. Both of these engines have served the Jetta well, but they are now making way to be replaced by the new 1.4T engine, which when installed in the 2016 Jetta GLI will deliver 150 horsepower.

The AEM Cold Air Intake is a relatively inexpensive DIY modification that installs easily

AEM testing recorded an 11 HP gain over a stock VW 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder

Ford offers a similarly-sized 1.5L Ti-VCT GTDI four cylinder engine in its comparably sized and priced Ford Fusion sedan. The big difference is that the Ford motor out-produces the VW engine by an amount greater than can be attributed to the slight increase in displacement: 181 horsepower for the Ford versus 150 horsepower for the VW.

If you’re looking for a way to make up some of those horsepower, consider the AEM 21-797C cold air intake is a relatively inexpensive DIY modification that takes only a couple of hours to install with tools just about everyone has in their garage.

The results of AEM testing are that an otherwise stock 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder 1.4L VW is measured on the chassis dynamometer with a 21-797C installed, output power increased by an estimated 11 horsepower.

With the AEM 21-797C air intake system intake air enters the system through the AEM air filter, which is installed in the original factory air box location and is protected by a heat shield designed to reduce intake air temperature and increase horsepower.

The filter itself is a tapered conical AEM Dryflow synthetic washable air filter which provides outstanding air flow, filtration, and performance.

Installation of the AEM 21-797C kit should take less than a Saturday morning

Everything you need to instake an AEM 21-797C is included in the box

The AEM 21-797C air intake systems come with the necessary boots, clamps, and hardware for an OEM-type appearance. OEM mounting brackets and hardware are utilized for seamless installation. The air intake tube is constructed from mandrel-bent aluminum tubing finished in a durable gunmetal gray powder coat. Further, this air intake system was developed to accommodate the VW engine’s factory emissions control devices including the mass air flow sensor and engine vent lines.

Your AEM Air Filter is good for about 100,000 miles with proper service (depending upon your driving conditions) If you drive in dusty conditions, your filter may require more frequent maintenance. Cleaning consists of an application of AEM synthetic air filter cleaner which will loosen and dissolve grime and dirt built up on the filter, after which the filter can simply be rinsed with water, dried, and reinstalled. No messy oiling required! AEM warrants that its intake systems will last for the life of your vehicle.

The AEM 21-797C is designed to fit the following vehicles:

2016 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 1.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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AEM Charge Pipe Kit Helps Honda's Turbo 1.5L Engine Breathe More Freely

2016 Honda Civic 1.5L turbo

The 26-3003C charge pipe for the 2016-2017 Honda Civic 1.5T help the motor breathe better

The 2015 and 2016 Honda Civic EX-T and Touring models are powered by one of Honda’s most potent small four-cylinder engines to date. These Civic models move down the road with 174 horsepower from a tiny 1.5 liter engine. Surprisingly, there’s room for improvement. By swapping out the factory intercooler charge pipe with an AEM 26-3003C.

Smooth mandrel shaped bends of the aluminum tube result in improved airflow

This cold side charge pipe has two 1/8 inch NPT ports for you to add auxiliary systems

Officially the L15B7, the engine is manufactured with an aluminum block and a DOHC 16-valve cylinder head with water-cooled exhaust passages cast into the head. Other cylinder head features include direct Injection, Dual VTC (variable valve-timing control), and sodium-cooled exhaust valves. Internal features include cavity-shaped pistons with an optimized skirt design, lightweight steel connecting rods that are heat-forged in one piece for higher strength, and a new grinding process known as plateau honing which further lowers friction levels between pistons and cylinders.

The real key to the 1.5 L engine’s performance is the single-scroll turbocharger that produces 16.5 psi of boost. At that level the motor develops 174 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and torque of 162 lb-ft @ 1800-5500 rpm. As air is compressed, it heats up at the rate of about 10° F for every one PSI of boost. Certainly the engine’s intercooler can shed much of that heat, but typically the intercooler can also pass more air than the capacity of the stock intake tubes.

The AEM 26-3003C intercooler charge pipe kit is a free-flowing, mandrel-bent aluminum tube with a durable gunmetal gray powdercoated finish that is designed to replace the restrictive factory intercooler piping on 2016 - 2017 Honda Civic models with the 1.5L engine. The AEM charge pipe has been engineered to reduce turbocharged air pressure loss common with stock plastic pipes as well as dramatically increase air flow from the turbo to the intercooler.

This cold side charge pipe has two 1/8 inch NPT ports for you to add either a water-methanol injection or a nitrous oxide modification, should you desire to do so.

The AEM 26-3003C intercooler charge pipe kit is a relatively inexpensive modification that you install yourself in only a couple of hours with common hand tools. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware for an OEM-type installation. Plus there’s no drilling required as OEM mounting brackets are utilized for a seamless installation.

For additional horsepower gains and improved engine compartment aesthetics, the AEM 21-798C cold air intake system can be installed into your vehicle as well.

The Intercooler Charge Pipe has been engineered to integrated with the factory intake system

A flexible synthetic rubber fitting connects the intercooler charge pipe to the OEM intake system

AEM warrants that its air intake systems and Dryflow air filters will last for the life of your vehicle.

The AEM 26-3003C is designed and engineered to fit the following vehicles:

2017 HONDA CIVIC 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 HONDA CIVIC 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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